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hand

2 verb
     
hand2 S2 W2 [transitive]
1 to give something to someone else with your hand
hand somebody something
He handed the teacher a slip of paper.
hand something to somebody
He lit a cigarette and handed it to her.
This form must be handed to all employees.
2

you have to hand it to somebody

spoken used to say that you admire someone:
You have to hand it to her. She's really made a success of that company.

hand something ↔ around

phrasal verb
to offer something to each person in a group:
Willie helped hand the mugs around.

hand something ↔ back

phrasal verb
1 to give something back to the person who gave it to you, with your hand
hand something ↔ back to
Kurt examined the document and handed it back to her.
hand somebody something ↔ back
She handed him his pen back.
2 to give something back to the person who used to own it
hand something ↔ back to
The land was handed back to its original owner.
hand somebody something ↔ back
The government has promised to hand investors back their money.

hand something ↔ down

phrasal verb
1 to give or leave something to people who will live after you
hand something ↔ down to
The ring was handed down to her from her grandmother.
stories handed down by word of mouth
hand-me-down
2

hand down a decision/ruling/sentence etc

to officially announce a decision, punishment etc

hand something ↔ in

phrasal verb
to give something to someone in authority:
Tom has handed in his resignation.
Did you hand your homework in on time?

hand something ↔ on

phrasal verb
to give something to someone:
He was accused of handing on government secrets.

hand something ↔ out

phrasal verb
to give something to each person in a group [= distribute]:
Could you start handing these books out please?
hand something ↔ out to
He was handing out leaflets to members of the audience.

hand over

phrasal verb
1

hand something ↔ over

to give something to someone with your hand, especially because they have asked for it or should have it:
The soldiers were ordered to hand over their guns.
hand something ↔ over to
He handed the phone over to me.
2 to give someone power or responsibility over something which you used to be in charge of
hand something ↔ over (to somebody)
On his retirement, he handed the business over to his son.
Political control has been handed over to religious leaders.
hand over to
Now she feels the time has come to hand over to someone else.
WORD FOCUS: give WORD FOCUS: give
put something in someone's hand: hand, pass

officially give something to someone: award, present, grant, confer, allocate

give something to people in a group: hand out, pass around, distribute

give to a charity: donate

give something to people after you die: leave, pass on, bequeath


See also
give

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